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Tendulkar Reaches IPL Semifinals

Really, how else would you describe the event of Mumbai Indians (MI) becoming the first team to confirm a place in the IPL 2010 semifinal lineup?

He has scored about 27% of the runs scored by MI, and is the highest run scorer in the tournament so far (512, strike rate 139.5). In 11 outings, he has been Player of the Match 4 times. And while he is leading the tally in the number of 4s hit (71), he has only hit 3 sixes (2 of them came in the last over of the 11th match).

The numbers are amazing enough but, what is really astounding is that he shows no sign whatsoever of the slightest dip in his hunger for more.

On April 24, he will turn 37. And 2010 is turning out to be one of his best years. Except for winning an ODI World Cup, he has no other real milestone left to cross. So, what is it that not only keeps him going but going like this?

I don’t have an answer to that, of course. Perhaps, as he has said several times, it is simply his love for the game. I just hope that this love stays exactly as it is.

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  1. April 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

    :)

    agree entirely. what a year!!! actually, he has been looking in amazing form since the australia series. Even during the SL series dip he seemed to be completely comfortable against the bowling and somehow contrived to score merely 25-odd runs during 3 tests! But everything seems to have come together during last one year. Astounding!

    (minor nitpick.. Mumbai hasn’t yet “confirm”ed its place in semi-finals, regardless of what the commentators seem to be saying)

  2. April 13, 2010 at 10:46 am

    oh, and, good to see you back. :)

  3. April 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I think winning 8 out of 14 (max) games does indeed guarantee their place. Especially when the bottom 3 teams are at 5, 5, and 4 wins. Is there a theoretical configuration I am missing?

  4. April 14, 2010 at 7:16 am

    yep. 5 teams could’ve tied at 8 wins at that point. mumbai and punjab losing the rest of their matches and the others distributing the remaining matches among them would’ve done it.

    now that they have 9 wins, they are through of course.

  5. April 14, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Aha.

  6. April 24, 2010 at 8:07 am

    final ke pehle injured ho gaya.. :( :( gadha!! pata naheen khelega ya naheen, aur khelega to kaisa khelega.. :(

  7. April 24, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I hope he doesn’t play simply because everyone expects him to. There is plenty of “real” Cricket to come after IPL!

  8. April 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

    waiting for “real” cricket now.. though given that it is again with Sri Lanka, perhaps the only interest will be how many centuries will sachin pick up. :P

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